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Kinesiology can help your asthma…

Did you know Kinesiology can help your asthma?

Asthma affects around 235 million people on the planet? Today is World Asthma Day, so we wanted to tell you about other natural holistic options out there for people suffering.athma Kinesiology

Let’s start with some facts about asthma

Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma in the world
  • 7.1% of 18+ population have asthma
  • 18.9% of 13 – 15 year olds have asthma
  • 38.5% of 13 – 15 year olds reported wheezing
  • More than 1 person a week dies from asthma
  • 29% of asthma patients miss school or work
  1. Adults miss 12 days a year on average
  2. Children miss 10 days a year on average (https://www.asthma.ie/get-help/resources/facts-figures-asthma)

How can Systematic Kinesiology help with asthma?

Diet, anxiety and stress can significantly influence asthma.  Systematic Kinesiology can help you to figure out the stress that’s a contributory factor to asthma. Unlike the conventional medicines your doctor may prescribe for you, there is less information available on complementary therapies including how well they work and how safe they are.

The good news is there are Systematic Kinesiologists all around the country who can assist you to better health, which may help to prevent or reduce future attacks from happening. Stress is a trigger for asthma and Kinesiology offers techniques that can reduce and resolve stress in your life.  Kinesiology works particularly well with people struggling emotionally. 

Nutrition and immune health

As with all health issues, a healthy diet is an important consideration. It is difficult to reverse chronic asthma if diet is not at least considered as a contributory factor, so that it can be addressed and corrected. Your food choices are critical when you have asthma. Specific foods that may be causing mucous, or other sensitivities, can be identified and eliminated; chemical additives, such as preservatives, food colouring and artificial sweeteners, may also need to be removed from the diet.  Removing dairy from the diet can also have a positive impact.  Gut issues can also play a role, and since 80% of the immune system can be found in the gut, it’s role in helping resolve chronic health issues and fighting infections is key.

Melissa took control of her family’s health …..

Hear Melissa’s story after experiencing how Systematic Kinesiology helped her family overcome asthma.

“When a family member turned 2 she developed a cough which never seemed to get better for very long and which normally progressed into a chest infection. I didn’t realise that this cough was actually asthma. After 4 years of coughing, sleepless nights for weeks on end, inhalers, steroids, antibiotics, calpol and many trips up to Temple Street Hospital we found out that structurally the tube that goes into her left lung is actually smaller than the one that goes into her right lung. So any infection or bacteria or virus that entered her lungs it was nearly impossible to clear it and to keep it clear. Structurally this will improve as she grows however I felt there had to be more I could do to help.

I took her to a Systematic Kinesiologist….who did muscle testing and recommended removing dairy from her diet and taking vitamins that she specifically needed to help improve her immune system and gut health.  I did what I was advised to do and within a month she had more energy, was sleeping better, less use of inhalers, no steroids and no antibiotics needed.  The only thing that affects her asthma now is if she eats something that doesn’t suit her and  the weather particularly going from a warm to a damp environment which triggers inflammation which triggers the coughing.  Managing her diet had a massive impact on her health and also on her stress levels. Kinesiology really turned a very stressful health issue into one that is very manageable and stress free most of the time.”

Melissa’s motivation having completed the KinesiologyZone Balanced Health course is to work with others, and is about to graduate from the KinesiologyZone Diploma Course, and work with clients from her own clinic. (www.facebook.com/Melissa-Costello-Kinesiology-342954702783376)

If you suspect that you or a family member have food sensetivities, that may be playing a role in their Asthma, it’s worth paying a visit to a practitioner.  The Association’s list of practitioners can be found here

Systematic Kinesiology’s whole person approach can identify what areas of your life are important to focus on.  Muscle testing is a unique way to find out what specifically is affecting you, both in terms of emotional stresses, food sensetivities and other imbalances. If you are considering excluding certain food groups from your diet, it should only be done for a short period under close supervision. However, it is possible to have a balanced diet without dairy products.  asthma Kinesiology

Keeping a food diary before visiting a Systematic Kinesiologist can be useful so that you have a list of foods that you regularly consume every day or several days of the week can be tested. Each person is unique, and therefore it’s best to test you specifically, than go by a general guideline.

The Kinesiology solution is simple.  With Kinesiology treatments our practitioners work to uncover what your body is finding difficult.  You don’t need to guess. Kinesiology works with your body and can help make a real difference to your health.

The Cross Crawl: Increase your Mind Power



The Cross Crawl: Increase your Mind Power

Cross Crawl is one of the first techniques learnt on a Kinesiology course, and it is so very powerful.

Did you know..that cross-crawl technique is one of the easiest ways to activate your brain development and nervous system. It gives the proper motor and sensory stimuli it needs to take control of your bodily functions thereby preventing or rehabilitating health problems. Often knows as the ”supercise”.

It is essentially an exaggerated walk which facilitates the crossover of energy between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The brain is bathed in Cerenro-Spinal Fluid or C.S.F for short. Stimulating the flow of the vital C.S.F yields great benefits. A list of some of the real advantages of using this exercise can be seen below.

Use it regularly to both discharge and recharge your attention and energy. It’s a great break from over focusing and it works just as well to bring body and mind online.

Signs that your cross-pattern movements could use some sharpening include:

  • Lack of coordination and balance
  • Difficulty reading
  • Exhibiting learning disabilities, such as dyslexia
  • Clumsiness
  • Saying things backwards

Fortunately, you can reprogram nervous system and strengthen the connection between the right and left sides of your brain using cross-crawl exercises. Remember, nerves are very much alive and willing to learn new things.

How Do You Cross Crawl?

When you Watch someone do her first Cross Crawl the first thing you will notice is the person will begin to smile!

Stand with your feet apart and your arms open parallel to the ground. Shift your weight to your right foot, lift your left knee and touch it with your right hand.  Step back to both feet and immediately shift weight to on your left foot as you lift your right knee and touch it with your left hand. Repeat this several times in a comfortable, upbeat, rhythmic way.Breathe fully and enjoy.

The Cross Crawl movements should be performed very slowly. When the exercise is done slowly, it requires more fine motor involvement and balance, consciously activating the vestibular system and the frontal lobes.

Anyone who wants to find out even more about potentially life changing techniques to boost the health and well-being of you and your family,you may like to consider investing in some Kinesiology Training.

Our next course starts in autumn. We have Taster events coming up for anyone who wants to find out more before they commit:  www.Kinesiologyzone.com/booknow

Health Show Episode #12 – Helping anxious children



Helping Anxious children and teenagers at School

If you are a parent, aunt, uncle, teacher or carer of kids, this month’s Health Show is a must watch.

Going back to school can be stressful at the best of times. But with anxiety, and learning difficulties on the rise (up to a third of students), it can be a very tough time for kids and for parents doing their best to get them out the door.  One of our KinesiologyZone Diploma graduates, Paula Phillips, helped four kids who wanted to improve their exam results, as part of her research study that she undertook during her Systematic Kinesiology training.  Anxious kidsAs exam results are measurable, she was able to see how Kinesiology’s holistic interventions made a difference.  Listen to Paula tell you about the results these kids and the one adult who also benefitted!

Children are faced with lots of stresses in life today and often children are unable to express their true emotions and feelings. Communicating how they are feeling is sometimes also difficult. They do however have the ability to accept change and move with this fairly easily. It is this reason that Systematic Kinesiology has such wonderful and powerful effects on children.

Watch and learn how children have gone from being unable to complete maths homework or reading to being happy children, much more confident and even motivated students.  And who doesn’t want that!

Paula really believes ‘‘ Transform your beliefs = Transform your life”

You can learn the techniques and approaches to help kids that Paula used in her research can be learned on our Balanced Health programme.  They are simple and powerful to use on yourself and to help kids struggling with reading, writing, and comprehension.

If you want to make an appointment with Paula you can email her on [email protected]

To make an appointment with another Systematic Kinesiologist you can find a list on the Association’s website here –  http://kinesiology.ie/practitioners/

Anxious kids helped with Systematic Kinesiology


Next month’s live recording of the KinesiologyZone Health Show will be on 18th October at 12.30 as usual.  We will be covering ”Thyroid Issues” and how Systematic Kinesiology can help you.

If you have any comments or want to share the success you have had using these techniques please post below.

The Health Show Episode #9 – How Adrenal Stress Impacts your Health

The Health Show Episode #9 – How Adrenal Stress Impacts your Health

Wow .. what a great turn up and interest in our latest Health Show. We had the largest audience to-date, therefore it’s not hard to believe alot of people are suffering out there from a range of adrenal stress symptoms.

Adrenal fatigue is estimated to affect around 80 percent of people in the world. This was one of the manyAdrenal Stress - KinesiologyZoneany  reasons we choose Adrenal Stress as our topic for this Health Show. A lot of people feel deflated, frustrated and overwhelmed with symptoms and a lot of time they don’t understand why they are happening to them. But we think there’s hope.

It’s our opinion adrenal fatigue and stress can be managed and solved with some techniques we use in Systematic Kinesiology, by testing for nutritional deficiency and reviewing your diet.

Watch our most recent show to learn how to recognize and address Adrenal Stress –

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The Health Show was filled with some much information today and the half hour flew by so quickly, we didn’t get a chance to demonstrate the iris contraction test.This is an easy test that you do at home or with a friend.

This measures your body’s stamina in response to light stimulation. If your stamina is decreased, this test plus your overall symptoms may indicate that your adrenals are having difficulty supporting you through stressful events.

Here’s what you’ll need to take the test:

  • Weak (not too bright) flashlight or phone light
  • Mirror
  • Dark room

Test Directions:

In a dark room, sit or stand in front of a mirror for about a minute to allow your eyes to adjust to the light. “Then shine a flashlight across one eye (not directly into it) from the side of your head. Keep the light shining steadily across one eye and watch in the mirror with the other. You should see your pupil (the dark circle in the centre of the eye) contract immediately as the light hits your eye. This occurs because the iris, a tiny circular muscle composed of small muscle fibers, contracts and dilates the pupil in response to light. Just like any muscle, after it has been exercised beyond normal capacity, it likes to have a rest.

The pupil normally remains contracted in the increased light, the pupil will not be able to hold its contraction and will dilate [open back up] despite the light shining on it. This dilation will take place within 2 minutes and will last for about 30-45 seconds before it recovers and contracts again. Time how long the dilation lasts with the second hand on the watch and record it along with the date. After you do this once, let the eye rest. If you have any difficulty doing this on yourself, do it with a friend. Have a friend shine the light across your eye while both of you watch the pupil size.   (Source: Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome)

To find out if you are suffering from Adrenal Fatigue and to get tested visit your local Systematic Kinesiologist.

We hoped you enjoyed our latest show and we would love your feedback.

Mark your diary – On Wednesday 19th July on our next Health Show we will be covering digestive problems and the leaky gut. We hope to see you there and if you have any questions just post in the comment below.

To book a place on our Health RoadShow click here – www.KinesiologyZone.com/roadshow

Signs you have adrenal fatigue (and what to do about it)

Signs you have Adrenal Fatigue (and what to do about it)

by Sheila O’Hanlon

 

The thyroid and adrenals are so intricately connected. It wouldn’t be a surprise to me at all if many people suffering from Hypothyroid are struggling with adrenal stress and they have no idea.

Have you heard of the adrenal glands? They are 2 tiny little organs that sit on top of your kidneys and control quite a few actions in your body including your stress response, weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, and immune system. The adrenal glands are really quite incredible in tAdrenals - Kinesiologyzonehat, as a species, they are our primary survival organs.

Over 80% of us will experience adrenal fatigue multiple times over our lives. Symptoms can include weakness, lack of energy, trouble concentrating, becoming easily confused, forgetfulness, trouble completing basic tasks you could once handle easily, hoarse voice, poor digestion, constipation, depression, insomnia, not feeling rested after waking from sleep, and relying on naps during the day.

Adrenal fatigue has existed as long as we have, but it has only reached epidemic proportions over the last 100 years. Why is this? The answer lies in the way that our lifestyles have changed over that time. The average person’s stress levels, diet and toxic load are all immeasurably worse today than they were at the start of the twentieth century.

The best way to support your adrenals and help recover your health is to eat a light, balanced meal every 90 minutes to two hours.Giving your adrenal glands lots of rest allows them to devote energy to healing and restoring themselves.

Each of your meals should ideally contain a balance of potassium, sodium, and natural sugar (from fruit). Snacks you can graze on to help recover your adrenal health, including:

Apple, celery, and dates
Orange, avocado, and spinach
Sweet potato, kale, and lemon juice
Cucumber, avocado, and lime juice
Banana, dates, and romaine lettuce
Coconut water, dried apricots and celery
Coconut water, banana, and spinach
Pear, berries, and mache
Mango, figs, and celery

The last and most important key to restoring your adrenal function is to heed your mind and stress needs. Pay attention to your body! To learn some techniques to help you do this join Siobhan on Facebook live this Thursday. Click the link to register your place or get the replay.

http://www.kinesiologyzone.com/free-talks-about-kinesiology/

If you aim for a balanced lifestyle with a healthy level of exercise and sleep including a positive environment, then you are most likely to keep your adrenal system going strong.

“Adrenal fatigue, in all its mild and severe forms, is usually caused by some form of stress. Stress can be physical, emotional, psychological, environmental, infectious, or a combination of these. It is important to know that your adrenals respond to every kind of stress the same, whatever the source.”
James L. Wilson, Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome

The Health Show, Episode #5 – Facebook Live Demo of Muscle Balancing

KinesiologyZone Live Demo showing our holistic approach (MCPE), balancing a muscle and answering your questions.

Every one of us has the capacity to help another person. Some of us make a career of it! If you feel compelled to learn more about health, wellness and natural methods, then you’re going to enjoy our presentation.  Siobhan Guthrie covers how we work as a Systematic Kinesiology and our MCPE holistic approach.  Testing 4 muscles we were able to find which muscle and circuit the body wanted to be fixed first, using a system of priority.  And you get to see how we work with emotional stress and how to defuse them.

Recorded as a Facebook Live, your questions were answered live too.

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Join us next time and be sure to let us know what topics you’d like us to cover.

‘Facebook Free February’ – Are you up for the challenge?

Mental health campaigners invite everyone to have a ‘Facebook Free February’

It follows a study by the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark called the “The Facebook Experiment”. It found that social networking makes you 55% more likely to feel stressed, but taking a break leaves you 18% more likely to live in the moment.

What to do … Simply deactivate or log off Facebook for the month of February. If you like, set your profile picture to the FFF logo and/or share a status saying why you’re doing FFF. 

Social media and technology in general have become a  part of our everyday lives. Facebook and other sites have the function of keeping us connected to the people in our lives as well as providing an outlet for self-expression. Using these sites make us feel more connected with the world, but there are some negative sides to social media use, particularly for our mental health.

FACTS

  • People on Facebook are 55% more likely to feel stressed.
  • People taking a break from Facebook are 18% more likely to feel present in the moment.
  • After one week without Facebook, people felt they wasted their time less.
  • People on Facebook are 39% more likely to feel less happy than their friends.

Particularly for individuals who struggle with self-esteem issues, underlying or otherwise, a site such as Facebook that focuses so much on external validation can pose some serious problems.

Would you be willing to take the challenge?

5 Tips to help you reduce time on social media

  1. The hardest but most important step on how to quit social media is to delete your social media accounts! Delete the apps off your phone.
  2. Private message or “inbox” close friends your phone number letting them know you know be checking messages on social media sites.
  3. Set a limit – if you do go on social media, set a time limit and don’t go over often 20 minutes can turn into 2 hours!
  4. Delete extra people from your friend list, the more the people, the more vast your news feed, and the more time you spend checking things out while you could be engaging in a useful activity
  5. Think about the useful things you could be doing instead of wasting time on these sites.  Learn a new language, play an instrument, get fit and exercise, learn a new recipe, take the dog out, or read a book.

If you decide to take the challenge make sure to keep us updated and good luck !!

“Educational Kinesiology” – Switch the brain back on

“Educational Kinesiology” –
Switch the brain back on with lazy eights

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Everyone can do with a little help to make the brain work better. Regardless of age, job or position in the world everyone wants to use their brain as efficiently as they can. If they two sides of the brain are not communicating as well as they might, this can adversely affect everything we do. But have you tried ‘lazy eights’ technique?

We are inviting you to try a simple exercise to switch the brain back on and get it working in an integrated way again. Drawing ‘lazy eights’ will help integrate the two sides of the brain. head-1230669_1280

This activity is especially useful and beneficial for children with Dyslexia, ADD, Dyspraxia, Developmental Delay or a Sensory Processing disorders. The “Lazy Eight” are designed to relax the eyes and develop coordination between the left and right sides of the brain and body while preparing to write.

You are basically writing the number 8 on it’s side. That’s why it’s lazy.

SO LETS START….

Start with a large sheet of white paper (A3 would be best) or a white board in a landscape position.

Place it in front of you so that the middle of your page is parallel to the middle of your body, your belly button.(You want to be crossing over your belly button to get to to the left and right of your page as you draw). Then ask them to write something like:

” This paper is white and the writing is black” (Believe what you are writing have a black pen!) For better results use a neutral statement that is true for anyone.

14724379_10154024087979786_1860937327418164518_nThe aim is to keep your hand steady and let your eyes follow what you are doing. Start with your pen in the middle of your page.

14666074_10154024087939786_6330315870659900321_n Move your marker  down, up and around to make a “c” like shape.Now keep tracing around your shape, without taking your marker from the page.

14695319_10154024087964786_2583158166360819530_nContinue until there is a dozen swirls (20 secs) of the ”lazy eight” exercise.

Have them write the same statement  again. There is almost always a change for the better in writing.

If you are doing it with your child you can always draw a Lazy 8 for your child to trace over if they find it difficult. Just make sure that they start at your start point and continue in the correct direction.

You will see Lazy 8’s have lots of benefits for your child. It is a very useful to do this activity before starting homework. It calms, and focuses the mind. how to perform written tasks by training their bodies and eyes using large movements so that they will eventually be able to do the same using smaller movements on paper.

This exercise can help children, adults and seniors to improve:

  • Concentration and Focus
  • Memory
  • Academics: reading, writing, math, test taking

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  • Physical coordination
  •  Relationships
  •  Self-responsibility
  • Organization skills
  • Attitude

This simple exercise, can and will help all who do it regularly to write and think better.

Check out our video demonstration and if you try this we would love to hear about it in the comments below.

 

A SIMPLER Lifestyle by losing the stress

Stress – we all have it, and most clients feel it’s inevitable.

Inevitable in a way which means I believe “there’s nothing I can do about it“…..

Which results in a feeling of helplessness…..

Which results in not feeling very empowered by the situation so I’m stuck with it…..

But it can help to take the view that there is always a choice.  [Albeit the alternative may not be what you want either]. But unless we start to at least be open to the possibility that there is another way of thinking, then we’ll remain focussed on the problem, and remain stressed.

There is always another way to look at a situation.

Let’s take sky diving.  NOT something I have ever wanted to do (well I tell I lie, I did briefly consider it when in New Zealand 20 years ago but I was young and foolish, but it got called off due to too much cloud cover, WHEW!), and it is my belief that I’m just too much of a wimp to do it.

My mother on the other hand, on her 70th birthday decided this WAS something she wanted to do! (Maybe you get MORE foolish as you grow older?)

Anyway, my point is, the situation is neutral.
One belief is that it’s too scary, you’d have to be mad to even consider it.
Another belief is that it would be an amazing experience and a great opportunity to raise money for charity.

The situation isn’t one or the other, it just is.  But an example of two (very) opposing beliefs, opinions, or choices – whatever you want to call it.

OK so sky diving might have you firmly in one court and no amount of “belief change” work is gonna convince you.  How about the situation you find yourself in today, tomorrow and for the foreseeable future?

How do you go about releasing a whole multitude of stresses, those worries that go around and around in your head, which you wished just didn’t anymore?

First of all to recognise that there IS another way to at least look at any situation.

A trick I learned is to first ask yourself; Is what I believe true?  For example, you just said to yourself “I can’t afford to buy organic food”.  Ask yourself, is that true? On the surface you can just believe your blanket statement.  But the next trick is to dig a little deeper and to list at least 3 ways that belief is incorrect, or that the opposite belief is true.  It’s hard for the brain to hold onto two opposing beliefs at the same time.

What our minds interpret as stress, causes the body to react to our interpretation.

Every felt embarrassed? What did your body do?  … Most likely you felt a completely involuntary reddening of your face, and evening a burning sensation that there was nothing you could do to stop!  In short you blushed.  You blushed as a reaction to a situation that you interpreted as embarrassing (to you).

The body is designed to respond but sometimes it gets stuck in a stress response permanently because we never switch off!

This simple technique in the video below will help your reaction to stresses. It’s a wonderfully simple way to feel instantly better, and help that stress response to relax a little.

Give this a go now, it really is simple and will take you 3 minutes (I know, I know, you’re time poor).  But these 3 minutes might help you sleep better, feel more relaxed and help you focus on new solutions.  Well worth it!

Let me know how you get on:

 Oh yes, and my mum DID the sky dive!

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